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Old 09-12-2022, 03:54 AM
Luminous Drums Luminous Drums is offline
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Full version: $50

Requires TX16Wx (free version)
Mac: 64 bit
PC: 32 or 64 bit
VST, AAX, or AU host

30,000 drum samples totaling 70 GB (uncompressed size). 3 sets of toms, 4 kicks, 6 snares, 5 hats, 5 rides, 4 crashes, 2 chinas, and 3 splashes.

All samples are 4 channels, 88.2 kHz/24 bit, no compression or EQ. Tails are carefully de-noised without affecting the attack. Also includes 44.1/16 version for slower computers. Recorded in a medium-sized room with 20' ceilings and a short reverb time.

Mics: Shure Unidyne III SM57, Shure SM5b, MD421 MK II, AEA R84, Rode NT5 omni pair

Kicks: Peavey Radial, Pearl BTX, Orbit 20"

Snares: Leedy Black Elite brass, Pearl Free Floating piccolo, Pearl MIJ steel, Peavey Radial wood, PDP hammered bronze, PDP 20-ply wood

Toms: Peavey Radial 1000, Pearl BTX, Ludwig Accent CTS Custom

Cymbals: Zildjian K and A, Paiste Reflector, Sabian Paragon, etc.

What makes Luminous Drums different?

Luminous Drums was created to address the shortcomings of commercially available drum sample libraries: not enough velocity layers, inconsistent sound, poor tuning, inflexible micing, and not enough useful sounds.

We put extra work into tuning and playing technique to emulate the sound of world-class drummers. Each drum has multiple variations of tuning and muting, careful matching between LH and RH, and around 64 velocity layers for each variation. The dynamic response is VERY smooth and consistent. The snare drums have a huge number of variations and rim shots, far beyond any other library. As a bonus, we include LH traditional grip for some drums, and a kit with two variations of tea towels.

The hats have up to 12 variations for tip and 9 variations for side, LH and RH, from tightly closed to fully open. For pedal control with real-time cross-fading between variations, we include a Kontakt version (hats only, requires full version 5 or later).

Luminous Drums was originally made for Reaper and ported to TX16Wx. The process was greatly sped up by the fully documented XML instrument format, which allows text-based editing. TX16Wx is a great product and it really saved the day!

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YouTube demo:

Free demo version with 1 basic kit:
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Old 09-20-2022, 09:26 PM
Luminous Drums Luminous Drums is offline
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We also came up with a technique to create custom tempo maps with the feel of a real drummer. Your drum programming will never be the same! Tutorial video:

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Old 09-21-2022, 09:17 AM
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I downloaded the demo from dropbox just to find out that it's windows only, and you need to buy this TX16Wx sampler. The 'demo' was a folder with lots of files, very "windows'y", no installer. Nothing for me.
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Old 09-21-2022, 05:26 PM
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It's not Windows-only. TX16Wx has a fully functional free version. (The Pro version adds more features, but isn't necessary.) You just create a Luminous Drums folder on your hard drive and unzip the files into it.

I tested the old Reaper version on a Mac and it worked fine. I'll test the new version on a Mac this week, but it should work identically to the PC version.
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Old 07-20-2023, 04:06 PM
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LUMINOUS DRUMS has been updated with relative file paths so it works properly on Mac. Full version and demo version here:


Watch this comparison video on full-range speakers to hear what makes Luminous Drums different.

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